As the protests by the farmers at the borders of Delhi entered it's 57th day of staging demonstrations, the tenth round of the talks between the Centre and the farmer union leaders was scheduled for today, January 20th at Vigyan Bhavan at 2pm.
The meeting was postponed to today from yesterday, unanimously, due to reasons which are unknown. The meeting began about 50 minutes later than the scheduled time and began with the Ministers extending Gurpurab greetings to the union leaders.
Union leaders Balbir Singh Rajewal addressed the issue of multiple NIA notices being served to multiple individuals who have extended their support for the farmers' agitation. Another farmer leader Dhalewal raised the issue of arrests of farmers in Himachal Pradesh. More updates to follow
The Government had stated that it will not repel the laws and that the unions can approach the Supreme Court regarding the issue of repel. However, the unions have refused to appear in any proceedings before the SC.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar suggested to the unions the formation of committee to decide upon the issue of the laws.
Meeting has ended after around 2 hours of discussion. The meeting was inconclusive and the frictions between the two sides continue to remain. Centre has recommended waiting for the decision of the committee appointed by the SC.
The Centre has recommended putting the implementation of the farm laws on stay for 1.5 years. Farm Union leaders to discuss this proposal in their meeting at 12pm today. Next meeting on Friday-January 22.